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Don McGough, (800) 342-1192, ext. 5218
STUDENTS RECEIVE STRICKLAND MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS
MACON, Ga. - Two South Georgia students have been named the 2014 recipients of the B. Frank Strickland Memorial Scholarship. Sam Bennett of Valdosta and Kathryn Dixon of Patterson will each receive a $500 scholarship as they prepare to attend Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in Tifton this fall and pursue degrees in agriculture.
The son of Marshall and Mary Beth Bennett, Sam is a recent graduate of Lowndes High School who was an active member of 4-H and became a Master 4-Her in 2012. He earned his Eagle Scout badge in 2013.
The daughter of Robert and Brenda Dixon, Kathryn is a recent graduate of Pierce County High School who was an active member of 4-H, FFA and the Georgia High School Rodeo Association.
The scholarship is awarded to an entering freshman or rising sophomore at ABAC who is from a county where tobacco production occurs. Lanier County farmer B. Frank Strickland was a lifelong advocate of Georgia’s tobacco industry and an active Georgia Farm Bureau member serving on the GFB Board of Directors for 27 years as a district director, GFB 3rd vice president and GFB 1st vice president.
The $500 scholarship is awarded to an entering freshman or rising sophomore at ABAC who is from a county where tobacco production occurs. Lanier County farmer B. Frank Strickland was a lifelong advocate of Georgia’s tobacco industry and an active Georgia Farm Bureau member. Strickland served on numerous tobacco organizations and served as Georgia Farm Bureau 1st vice president from 1984 to 1992. Prior to 1984, he served as GFB 3rd vice president for four years and served as a state director for 15 years. He also served on the Flue-Cured Tobacco Cooperative Stabilization Corporation’s Board from 1978 until his death in 1998 representing all the flue-cured tobacco producing counties in Georgia and Alabama.
The ABAC Foundation administers the scholarship. A selection committee comprised of representatives from Georgia Farm Bureau, the Georgia Tobacco Commission and the Lanier County Farm Bureau select the recipient. Anyone who would like more information about the scholarship may contact the Georgia Farm Bureau Commodities/Marketing Department at 800-342-1196.
Founded in 1937, Georgia Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization. Its volunteer members actively participate in local, district and state activities that promote agriculture awareness to their non-farming neighbors. GFB also has 20 commodity advisory committees that give the organization input on issues pertinent to the major commodities grown in Georgia.